25 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

25 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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25 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Sarasota
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Sanibel Island
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Marco Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Naples
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam


5
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarasota: Venice (Caspersen Beach & Venice Beach). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Ringling, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Ca' d'Zan, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sarasota road trip planner

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sarasota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in December, plan for much hotter days in Sarasota, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Venice, Manatee Village Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Sarasota National Cemetery ©
Sarasota National Cemetery
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
St. Armands Circle ©
St. Armands Circle

6
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Explore Sanibel Island's surroundings by going to Fort Myers (Manatee Park, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, & more) and Fort Myers Beach (Parasailing & Paragliding, Fort Myers Beach, & more).

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sanibel Island road trip planner

You can drive from Sarasota to Sanibel Island in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers
Highlights from your plan
Sanibel Public Library ©
Sanibel Public Library
Edison & Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

4
nights
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marco Island: Big Cypress National Preserve (in Ochopee) and Everglades City (Speed Boats Tours & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tigertail Beach, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marco Island day trip site

Getting from Sanibel Island to Marco Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Marco Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades City, Big Cypress National Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Miromar Outlets (in Estero) and Barefoot Beach Preserve (in Bonita Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Naples Pier, look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, admire the majestic nature at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, and see the interesting displays at The Revs Institute.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Naples day trip planner

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. December in Naples sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Charlotte.

Things to do in Naples

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miromar Outlets, Barefoot Beach Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Fishing Charters & Tours
Naples Botanical Garden ©
Naples Botanical Garden

2
nights
Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte ©
Port Charlotte is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Charlotte: Don Pedro Island State Park (in Cape Haze) and Englewood (Englewood Beach, Manasota Key Beach, & more). It doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Fishermen's Village and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Peace River Wildlife Center.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Charlotte vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Naples to Port Charlotte in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Naples in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Port Charlotte. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Charlotte

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Englewood, Punta Gorda, Don Pedro Island State Park
Highlights from your plan
Stump Pass Beach State Park ©
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Fishermen's Village ©
Fishermen's Village
Peace River Wildlife Center ©
Peace River Wildlife Center

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